Rome, GA; February 5, 2014 Redmond Regional Medical Center will host an event in honor of Heart Health Awareness- “Go Red for Women” Ladies Brunch- on February 8 at 11 am at Georgia Northwestern Technical College Conference Center. The event will feature a heart healthy brunch, special giveaways and guest speakers including Miss Georgia 2013 Carly Mathis, Dr. Dhru Girard and Dr. Nicole Jasper. Carly is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association and travels the state sharing her personal connection to the issue of heart disease and managing risk factors. Dr. Girard is a Harbin Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgeon and will share information about the unique issues of heart disease in women. Dr. Jasper, Emergency Medicine at Redmond Regional Medical Center, was a finalist on The Amazing Race 23 and has been featured on Untold Stories of the ER. Seating is limited to the first 100 paid registrations and tickets are $15 each. To register for the event, please call (706) 368-8480.

“Women experience ‘silent’ or unrecognized heart attacks more often than men,” says Marsha Colwell, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Redmond Regional Medical Center. “They are more likely to encounter heart attack symptoms including severe fatigue, stomach pain or nausea/indigestion, feelings of anxiety, or a sense of doom. So they might shrug off how they feel or not even know to seek medical attention.”

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 1 in every 4 women. Two thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms, making it important to be aware of the risk of heart disease. (Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The most common heart attack symptoms include: aching in the jaw, back, neck or shoulders, heaviness, squeezing, pain or pressure in the chest area and trouble breathing or shortness of breath.

For more information or to register for the event, please call: (706) 368-8480.